What's this? What's this? Games are everywhere! What's this? The weekend's nearly there! What's this? I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming, wake up JiG this isn't fair!... what's this?!
... well, the answer is clearly Link Dump Friday, of course! The first Link Dump Friday of December, also known as "there is no other music but raucous seasonal tunes" month. No matter what holiday you're gearing up to celebrate, or even if you aren't celebrating at all, let's kick this month off right with a new batch of games for my most beloved readers. (Hey, that's you dudes!)
- Love - Love makes the world go 'round, and apparently it's the inspiration for this slightly arty little arcade game. The object is to increase your score by staying close to as many people at once, which makes you happy, but if you get too close to any one of them, you get hurt. Whether you agree with the oddly cynical sentiment behind it aside, there's still something soothing and hypnotic about the hushed chorus that grows louder the more people you have around you, combined with the flush of colour, versus the stark silence when you're alone. I can guarantee you I'd get hurt if I got close like that to my husband, but only because he probably couldn't tolerate more than fifteen seconds of me going "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" softly in his ear from an inch away while he was trying to work.
- Flaming Zombooka 2 - I've said it before and I'll say it again; bazookas make everything better. This physics puzzle game continues in the footsteps of titles like Fragger, but has you taking aim at the undead instead. Try to blow up all the zombies onscreen while at the same time try not to blow up any not dead bystanders. I question the legitimacy of the claim that these people are indeed human since I'm reasonably certain most of us couldn't survive even a single bazooka shot to the gut. I mean... at least, I don't think so. Hey, anyone wanna help me test a theory? It'll be like Mythbusters!
- Momiga - Aside from being my new victory cry ("MMMMOOOMIGAAA!"), Momiga is also the title of this super minimalist little puzzle game where the object is to get the little white dot (pictured thusly) from the left to the right side of the screen. Sound simple? Well, you don't get any instruction as to how to do that, and the method changes each time you successfully cross over. Short, tricky, and a little frustrating, Momiga is still a fun little diversion for those of you who haven't yet earned your "moving a thing to the other side of another thing" merit badges.
- Morphing - In this weird little physics puzzle game, you play some magic floating eyeballs with the ability to instantly morph into any object you're able to click on. ... Jay, are you sure this isn't something I came up with during last night's office party? I don't remember much, but this is kind of... no? Okay. Anyway, the goal is to get yon ocular orbs to the big target at the end of each level by figuring out which objects you need to click on in what order. The morphing concept is a clever one, but it's not implemented nearly as well as it could be to make the game really interesting beyond "click here, then click here faster".
- Training Set - This vaguely unsettling little... uh... puzzle-ish interactive art-ish game, for lack of a better classification, is definitely strange. You play an oddly proportioned humanoid in a black and white land who must rely on your silent observers for direction; each of them will push a button, which will unlock a new ability for you to use that corresponds to a number key. You know, abilities like walking. It's a shame the ending is so abrupt and unsatisfying, because, frustrations with the controls aside, it's strangely compelling.